Patrick deWitt

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Patrick deWitt
Born1975 (age 44–45)
Sidney, British Columbia
Notable worksThe Sisters Brothers

Patrick deWitt (born 1975) is a Canadian novelist and screenwriter. He was born on Vancouver Island at Sidney, British Columbia,[1] and later lived in California and Washington state; he currently lives in Portland, Oregon.[2]

His first book, Ablutions: Notes for a Novel (2009), was named a New York Times Editors' Choice book. His second, The Sisters Brothers (2011), was shortlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize, the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize,[3] the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize,[4] and the 2011 Governor General's Award for English-language fiction.[5] He was one of two Canadian writers, alongside Esi Edugyan, to make all four award lists in 2011.[3] On 1 November 2011, he was announced as the winner of the Rogers Prize,[6] and on 15 November 2011, he was announced as the winner of Canada's 2011 Governor General's Award for English-language fiction.[7] On 26 April 2012, the novel won the 2012 Stephen Leacock Award. Alongside Edugyan, The Sisters Brothers was also a shortlisted nominee for the 2012 Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction.[8] The Sisters Brothers was adapted as a film released in 2018.

His third novel, Undermajordomo Minor, was published in 2015.[9] The novel was longlisted for the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize.[10]

DeWitt's most recent novel, French Exit, was published in August 2018 by Ecco Press, an imprint of HarperCollins.[11][12] The book was named as a shortlisted finalist for the 2018 Giller Prize.[13] He wrote the screenplay for the 2020 film of the same name.




  • Help Yourself Help Yourself (2007)



  1. ^ Neilson, Doug (19 December 2011). Patrick deWitt. The Canadian Encyclopedia: Historica Canada. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  2. ^ Mesh, Aaron (3 August 2011). "Hotseat: Patrick deWitt". Willamette Week. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  3. ^ a b "DeWitt and Edugyan add Giller nods to Booker nominations" Archived 5 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine. The Globe and Mail, 4 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Booker nominees Edugyan, deWitt make shortlist for Writers' Trust prize". The Globe and Mail, 28 September 2011.
  5. ^ "Edugyan, deWitt shortlisted for Governor General literary award" Archived 4 January 2013 at Toronto Star, 11 October 2011.
  6. ^ "Patrick deWitt’s 'The Sisters Brothers' wins Writers’ Trust Prize". The Globe and Mail, 1 November 2011.
  7. ^ "Patrick DeWitt wins Governor General Literary Award for Sisters Brothers" Archived 22 November 2011 at Archive-It. National Post, 16 November 2011.
  8. ^ "Edugyan and deWitt face off in yet another literary contest". The Globe and Mail, 4 April 2012.
  9. ^ "Patrick deWitt: fame, horses, and his new novel". Quill & Quire, September 2015.
  10. ^ The Scotiabank Giller Prize Presents Its 2015 Longlist
  11. ^ "French Exit - Patrick deWitt". HarperCollins Publishers: World-Leading Book Publisher. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Book Marks reviews of French Exit by Patrick DeWitt". Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  13. ^ "Esi Edugyan, Patrick deWitt among finalists for $100,000 Giller Prize". Toronto Star, October 1, 2018.

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